Should frackers investigate themselves?

Stand with Wyoming!

Tell the Obama Administration: don’t put fracking advocates in charge of a fracking pollution investigation

fentonThe state of Wyoming is taking over a U.S. EPA investigation into the possible contamination of Pavillion, WY area groundwater by fracking.

EPA had already concluded — for the first time — that fracking had polluted groundwater, and was getting their conclusion peer reviewed when Wyoming’s Governor Mead announced it was taking over.

The state could only take control if the Obama administration allowed it. In allowing it, the White House is allowing the very interests who denied there was a problem in the first place to — in essence — investigate themselves. And now the people around Pavillion have been abandoned, their polluted drinking water unresolved.

All-of-the-above energy myth abandons communities

This decision continues a nationwide pattern of Obama Administration walkbacks of EPA investigations whose preliminary results indicate fracking-enabled oil and gas development presents real risks to public health and water. Similar actions have occurred in Parker County, Texas, and Dimock, Pennsylvania.

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama and the EPA to stand by their own study!

Thank you,
Lauren Pagel signature
Lauren Pagel
Policy Director


About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. pak152 says

    “EPA had already concluded — for the first time — that fracking had polluted groundwater,” and that study was called in to question for lack of rigor. even honest anti-frackers realized that study was suspect

    • says

      What “honest anti-frackers?” I need names because that is, again, the typical bullshit you always dish out.

      The conclusions from the report were quite obvious that the contamination, in this case, was coming from the production zone — and nowhere else. And all the well logs they looked at had well integrity problems. That was clear from the report.

  2. anonymous says

    “It seems clear that the White House’s “all of the above” energy policy means fracking’s impacts on communities are being ignored,” said Earthworks Energy Program Director Bruce Baizel. He continued, “All across the country, whether it’s Wyoming, or Texas, or Pennsylvania, it appears the EPA is being politically pressured to back off sound science that shows fracking-enabled oil and gas development is a risk to public health. With these decisions, the Obama administration is creating more opposition to fracking, not less.”

    “The state of Wyoming is already on record, through action and inaction, as denying that Pavillion’s groundwater contamination is a cause for concern,” said area ag- producer, Jeff Locker, “They are throwing out a conscientious science based study by EPA that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. The Governor’s plan postpones any conclusions for at least another year. It’s hard to believe that they’re trying to get to the bottom of the problem, they’re hoping this whole thing just goes away.” – See more at:

  3. says

    From Tom Myers, Ph.D., Hydrogeologic Consultant

    “Because the water chemistry data at MW01 has essentially been replicated, the evidence supporting the hypothesis that natural gas drilling activities, including fracking, have contaminated the Wind River aquifer near Pavillion WY has been strengthened.

    The conclusions based on that analysis should be more widely accepted
    now that the water quality has been replicated.”